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Monday, July 18, 2011

Florida lifted suspension on capital punishment
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On July 18, 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist ended the state's temporary suspension on executions. The ban on capital punishment had been instituted by Crist's predecessor, Governor Jeb Bush, after the botched execution of Angel Diaz. The reinstatement came before the implementation of recommended changes, which had been suggested by a death penalty commission convened by Bush. The first prisoner to be executed following the end of the suspension was Mark Dean Schwab, who died from lethal injection on July 1, 2008.

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